LM268

 

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards

Air Historical Branch: Air Movement Cards – LM268

Date Target Notes Code Pilot Duration
1 03/08/44 L’Isle Adam Hit by flak 5 times – is this the right code? AA-D F/O Hadley 04:00
2 04/08/44 Bec D’Ambes AA-D F/O Hadley 07:30
3 05/08/44 Bassens AA-D F/O Hadley 08:10
4 07/08/44 Mare De Magne AA-D F/O Hadley 03:40
5 11/08/44 Lens AA-D F/O Glossop 03:27
6 12/08/44 Mining in the Gironde Estuary AA-D S/L Drummond 06:50
7 14/08/44 Hamel AA-D F/O Glossop 03:40
8 16/08/44 Stettin AA-D F/O Hadley 08:08
9 18/08/44 Bremen AA-D F/O Hadley 05:01
10 25/08/44 Russelsheim AA-D F/O Hadley 08:14
11 26/08/44 Kiel AA-D F/O Hadley 05:22
12 29/08/44 Mining in the Gulf of Danzig AA-D F/O Hadley 09:40
13 31/08/44 Pont Reny AA-D F/L Earl 03:18
14 03/09/44 The Aerodrom At Eindhoven Hit by flak once AA-D F/O Hadley 03:32
15 05/09/44 Le Havre AA-D F/O Hadley 03:42
16 10/09/44 Montivilliers AA-D F/O Hadley 03:45
17 11/09/44 Mining in the Baltic Sea AA-D F/O Hadley missing
Total Op hours 87:59

 

11/09/1944 – Mining in the Baltic Sea
Eight aircraft were detailed to lay mines in the Baltic area, and they all dropped their mines as ordered. No opposition was met on the mining area, but fighters were thought to be active on the homeward route, and one aircraft had an inconclusive combat with a JU.88. Another aircraft (Captain NZ426041 F/O. W. Hadley) failed to return.

Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D

F/O Wilson Orchard Hadley, RNZAF NZ426041 – Pilot.
F/S John Bernard Gudgeon, RNZAF NZ428786 – Navigator.
F/S David John Robert Wilcox, RNZAF NZ421244 – Air Bomber.
F/S John Patrick Arthur Giles, RNZAF NZ425836 – Wireless Operator .
Sgt. Colin R. Fowler, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
F/S William James Victo Boyd, RNZAF NZ428303 – Mid Upper Gunner.
F/S John Matthew Biggar, RNZAF NZ427945 – Rear Gunner.

Take Off 19:35 – Landed missing
Flight Time – Missing

Lancaster Mk.I LM268 AA-D was brought down at 00:15hrs by a night-fighter near the southern end of Sjælland Island, Denmark. The aircraft crashed onto a farmhouse near the township of Orslev, killing five members of the family. Only two of the crew, the Fight Engineer and Air Bomber, succeeded in baling out, the former evading capture and the latter, although badly hurt, was aided by locals and hospitalized before being turned over to the authorities.

Of those in the crew who died, the Pilot and Rear Gunner were buried in the local Churchyard at Orslev while the other three were buried at the Svino Churchyard.

F/O Wilson Orchard Hadley, RNZAF NZ426041 – Pilot.
Killed age 30.
Son of Charles Hadley and of Ellen Hadley (Nee Hawke), of Amberley, Canterbury, New Zealand; Husband of Esme Elizabeth Hadley, of St. Albans, Christchurch, Canterbury.
Buried Orslev Churchyard, Denmark..
Grave location – Joint grave 11B.

P/O John Bernard Gudgeon, RNZAF NZ428786 – Navigator.
Killed age 23.
Son of John Edmund Gudgeon and of Mildred Gudgeon (Nee Trolove), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Svino Churchyard, Denmark.
Grave location – Coll. grave 88.

F/S David John Robert Wilcox, NZ421244 – Air Bomber.
P.o.W
Prisoner of War Number: 966
Prison Camps: Dulag Luft, Stalag Luft VII
Date of return to United Kingdom: 26th of May 1945

F/S John Patrick Arthur Giles, RNZAF NZ425836 – WOAG.
Killed age 21.
Son of George R. Giles and of Isabella Giles (Nee Bayne), of Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand.
Buried Svino Churchyard, Denmark.
Grave location – Coll. grave 88.

Sgt. Colin R. Fowler, RAFVR – Flight Engineer.
Evader
Date of return to United Kingdom: 27th of September 1944

F/S William James Victor Boyd, RNZAF NZ428303 – Mid Upper Gunner.
Killed age 20.
Son of James Benjamin Boyd and of Lucy Eileen Boyd (Nee Westley), of Mapua, Nelson, New Zealand.
Buried Svino Churchyard, Denmark.
Grave location – Coll. grave 88.

F/S John Matthew Biggar, RNZAF NZ427945 – Rear Gunner.
Killed age 22.
Son of Peter and Ivy Biggar, of Nakirikiri, Wellington, New Zealand.
Buried Orslev Churchyard, Denmark..
Grave location – Joint grave 11B.